DAY FOR NIGHT 2015
Presented by Performance Space, Carriageworks and
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras
20 - 22 FEBRUARY 2015
Following the success of the inaugural Day for Night, Performance Space is throwing down, raising the bar, and bringing our A-game with a bigger and better Day for Night in 2015. The evening begins with a colossal dance party at the centre of Carriageworks, where the Day for Night artists will present works that mutate to stretch across the entire weekend. As the artists crawl out from the fabulous underbelly of the dance party, the space becomes a free exhibition of live performance by Australia’s foremost queer art heavyweights. Exploring queer space and time through an exhilarating collision of live bodies, you’re invited to join the party, then return the next day to experience the works in a whole new (day)light.
Immerse yourself in a weekend of live art with the cream of the queer crop – a gathering of artists curated by Jeff Khan (Artistic Director, Performance Space) and Emma Price (The Kingpins), scored in collaboration with leading electronic musicians Stereogamous (Paul Mac and Jonny Seymour).
Part performance art throwdown, part T-dance, Day for Night is an experience of contemporary art that remains unique to the curatorial genius of Performance Space; delivering ingenuity, high calibre performance works, and gay abandon right to heart of the 2015 Mardi Gras Festival.
Acclaimed visual artists, NELL, will paint a vast labyrinth across the floor of Carriageworks’ Bay 17. The artist invites you to walk the labyrinth with her throughout the duration of Day for Night, opening up a meditative space of expanded time and spiritual possibility.
BHENJI RA will team up with dancers from the culturally diverse, outer-suburban, voguing collective Pioneers. Exploring the appropriation of vogue performance, from one marginal subculture to another, the work becomes an intensive durational vogue class inside a prism of mirrors and live video feeds. Ra’s charged work unpacks the politics of a loaded dance form, reflecting and refracting vogue culture into a multitude of new incarnations.
TECHA NOBLE, armed with three dancers, will invoke the spirit of the Baku; a Japanese deity believed to devour peoples’ dreams and nightmares. Constructing a contemporary, queer incarnation of the Baku through the composite body of the dancers, Noble’s dance-meets-video performance will mark the passing of a non-linear, queer time within the Day for Night exhibition space.
WHITE DRUMMER will bring the noise for Day for Night inside a makeshift sound-proofed chamber. Improvising to an extended playlist of the most important songs of her life, audiences bear witness to White Drummer’s autobiographical exorcism as invited voyeurs – observing this durational manifestation of queer abandon from the outside in.
MATTHEW DAY will create a new series of choreographic scores, physically inhabiting the cavernous Carriageworks space. Day’s work explores the continuum between body, architecture and object, inviting self-examination and the ways in which we understand our connection to the spaces that shape us as material beings.
EMMA MAYE GIBSON flings her performing alter ego, BETTY GRUMBLE, into brave new territory for Day for Night. Continuing the high-octane subversion of ideas about femininity, Betty Grumble will occupy a specially-constructed petting zoo across the Day for Night weekend: a space where feminine rituals and behaviours are observed, exaggerated, deconstructed and resurrected.
STEREOGAMUS will score the DAY FOR NIGHT artists’ works, sonically weaving them together and blurring the line between exhibition and club spaces.
Purchase the VIP SUPPORTER ticket for a special preview experience in support of the DAY FOR NIGHT party and exhibition hosted by the artists and Performance Space. Price includes drinks and canapés at an exclusive pre-party launch, and entry into the DAY FOR NIGHT party.
TICKETS: $60MAKE THE MOST OF DAY FOR NIGHT
DOORS: 6:30pm- 7.30
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